2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 9

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the Dallas Cowboys, at No. 9 overall.

With the ninth overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, USC.

Dave Halprin of BloggingTheBoys.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Cowboys, and checking out Blogging the Boys for all of your Cowboys needs.

Dave Halprin explains: The Dallas Cowboys have three glaring needs going into the 2011 draft - offensive tackle, defensive end and cornerback/safety. With Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara off the board, they'll pass on cornerback/safety. That left OT and DE. The question is which guy do they feel more comfortable with concerning their current starters, Stephen Bowen at DE or Marc Colombo at OT. Given the way Colombo played last year, the concern is greater at OT. Tyron Smith is the pick.

Smith has the framework and athleticism that NFL teams covet, not for just a right tackle, but a possible left tackle in the future. He's a little raw compared to some of the other top tackles in this draft, but has a huge upside. And it's not like he couldn't start at right tackle in his rookie year. But a couple years down the road, after his frame fills out with weight, he could be a tremendous talent.

Dallas could have gone strictly BPA here, where Robert Quinn is the likely guy according to most experts, but the Cowboys are having problems along their line as age and injury are catching up, and their depth has not developed. They need an infusion along the line to keep Tony Romo healthy, and Smith is generally considered the top offensive lineman in the draft. So you mix need in with BPA, and go with Tyron Smith.

Dan Kadar reacts: When the actual draft takes place, it won't be a surprise to see Dallas trade out of this pick. They could move up to take Patrick Peterson or down to get more value for an offensive lineman. If the pick is Smith, it's a good one. It was a surprise when he entered the draft because many considered him to be a top five pick in the 2012 draft. So to get him a year early would be a shrewd move. If Dallas really wants Smith, they may have to do so with the ninth pick because he may be a target for Washington with the 10th pick. [Tyron Smith Scouting Report]

With that, the Washington Redskins - and our friends at Hogs Haven - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
3 Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson scouting report
5 Julio Jones WR Alabama scouting report
8 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina scouting report
9 Aldon Smith DE Missouri scouting report
10 Mark Ingram RB Alabama scouting report

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M story
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU story
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia story
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn story
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama story
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska story
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn story
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC
10 Washington Redskins
11 Houston Texans
12 Minnesota Vikings
13 Detroit Lions
14 St. Louis Rams
15 Miami Dolphins
16 Jacksonville Jaguars
17 New England Patriots
18 San Diego Chargers
19 New York Giants
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21 Kansas City Chiefs
22 Indianapolis Colts
23 Philadelphia Eagles
24 New Orleans Saints
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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